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WEDNESD :Co00 r 1, 2012 ISSUE NUMBER 30 PK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA i SINGLE COPY $1.00 i Setting the standard: AE 00c]hL000,000,100 go heallt]ht00v By Allison Olimb of The Press ADAMS, N.D. Adams School District and Edmore School Dis- trict have each earned the distinction of becoming the only schools in Walsh County to earn Healthier US School Challenge awards. They each were honored on Jan. 27 when they received the silver award for creating healthier school environ- ments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. According to the USDA website, the vol- untary initiative that was introduced in 2004 to recognize schools that had made that extra ef- fort to promote a healthy atmosphere for their stu- dents. In February of 2010, Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign incorpo- rated the Healthier US School and a monetary incentive was added to the plaque, banner and recognition. Each quali- fy!ng school now re- ceives: Gold Award Distinction, $2,000 Gold, $1,500 Silver, $1,000 Bronze, $500 Above: The Adams-Edmore Elementary School students wore hats of many fruits and vegetables in the program presentation for the Healthier US School Challenge silver level award held Jan 27 in Adams. Edmore also received a silver level award that day. Award monies are then to be in the non- profit school food serv- ice account and used for allowable expenses un- der that account. "I am pleased that we were awarded this grant," said Adams-Ed- more Elementary School Principal Barb Kendall. "We are very proud of the accom- plishments of our hot lunch program and our health and phy-ed pro- grams. This was a school-wide effort." Kendall, Beth Bylin, and Lotu4Jm Thorvilson with help from Carol Bjornson completed the application process for Adams last June. The application in- cluded submitting a month of menus with nutrition labels from each ingredient along with physical activity components. In Edmore, Adams- Edmore High School became the first high school in the state to re- ceive the honor. The only other secondary education facility to be Award Co, JoL ge, 5 "New Ut]L extenslton Helgoe takes the. reins of Walsh County 4-H By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. There's a new face in Walsh County Extension and she is hoping to add a new perspec- tive to the job as Well. Kari Helgoe may be taking up resi- dence in Julie Zikmund's old office, but she wants people to know she isn't from Walsh County, she isn't a licenced di- etitian, and she.isn't Julie. What she is is thrilled to be the new Family Consumer Sci- ence agent in Walsh County Extension where she will be involved in maintaining many of the programs Walsh County is used to seeing come through the extension office while fig- uring, out her niche in the com- munity. She already has had the chance to get involved with the 4-H program since she started at the beginning of January. The annual local speech con- test, Communication Arts, was held in Park River in January and the demonstration contest comparable to a science fair, Project Expo, will be held in February. "4-H has been the easy part," she said. "In the last 20 years [Walsh County 4-Hers] have really come into their own." Helgoe, whose family farms in Cavalier, comes from a strong 4-H background. She grew up in Pembina County 4- H right on through becoming a North Dakota 4-H ambassador. For a few summers in between college she took on the re- sponsibility of assisting with the Pembina County Fair. Typ- ically this job involved work- ing one on one with the Pem- bina County FCS agent to fa- cilitate the 4-H portion of the county fair. Helgoe said that one year she had the task of doing it without an agent, so even though every county is different, she has been thrown into the job before and, she said, this isn't the first time she had considered a job in exten- sion. "It gets in your blood," she said of the job. She added that she is look - ing forward to see how the county can build the 4-H pro- gram. Currently, the majority of the 4-H families are in west- ern Walsh County and she would like to see if there is any way to reach out to other parts of the county to increase in- volvement in an already thriv- ing program. She said that she was very impressed at how at a recent Walsh County Fair Board meeting the emphasis was pri- marily on the kids. "It's very importa.to them; The kids are very foate, she said. She was a little hesitant about how people would re- ceive her since she is not from Walsh County, but she said that New in Ext cOo, v ipage 3 Souper B0wl Fundraiser comes to Park River By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- For the past eleven years the Do- mestic Violence and Abuse Center, which serves Walsh, Pembina, and Cavalier coun- ties has been doing what they call their "Souper Bowl Fundraiser" in Grafton, Cava- lier, and Langdon. This year, on Sunday, Feb. 5, they are ex- panding their efforts and host- ing a Souper Bowl event from 11 to 1 p.m. at the Park River High School. Jolene Halldorson, execu- tive director of the center, said that this is their first year ex- panding their outreach to the community. "We're working with the Walsh County ministerial group," she said explaining that a number of individuals within the community are do- nating a variety of homemade soups, rolls, and bars. For a free will donation, participants are given a bowl to fill up on a few samples or a Souper Bowl Co, no, 1page' 3 FCHC to participate in Giving Hearts Day event PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF) has selected First Care Health Center, Park River, ND, to participate in a 24-hour online fundraising event on Valentine's Day. On Tuesday, Feb. 14 DMF will match on- line contributions made to First Care Health Center up to $4,000. Online donations of $10 or more on Giving Hearts Day-- Feb. 14, 2012 will help First Care Health Center purchase a Portable Ultrasound System that puts ultrasound in the hands of clinician at the point of care in clinic or emergency room. Online contributions of $10 or more to First Care Health Center will be matched by DMF. To have your donation matched, go to www.impact- giveback.org on Feb. 10th and click on the Giving Hearts Day "Learn More/Donate" button. For more information con- tact Ruth Jelinek at First Care Health Center by calling 701- 284-4589 or email at ruth. jelinek@ 1 stcarehc.com. Obituaries See paKe 2 4-H News See page 5- "A ]mtannt who sto]p00 ad00e]ncii00ihnt, ar to ]mtonev, iis lii]he at m,0000nt who sltolP00 th;e cl, odk sa\\;,00e tihnnt,00, n Henry Ford Polar offers scholarships See paKe' S Upcoming Events See paKe' 8